Pallavi Mande

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Pallavi Kalia Mande, Founder and Director of has been involved with water centric environmental restoration work in the Boston metropolitan area for the last two decades. She has provided pro-bono planning and design services to environmental justice populations that are the most vulnerable to climate change in cities across New England.

Pallavi formulated the Blue Cities Initiative at the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) in 2008 and grew it into a major program area that includes planning, design and implementation of green infrastructure projects within the Charles River watershed and beyond.  In addition to reviewing major development projects within the watershed, she directed the organization’s research and advocacy for nature-based solutions and climate adaptation for more than a decade. As CRWA’s Director of Watershed Resilience, she was also deeply involved in public education and outreach for ecological restoration and climate justice across the watershed, through engaging a variety of stakeholders ranging from state and local agencies, institutions, advocacy groups and resident communities at large.

Pallavi received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture in India, a Master’s in Philosophy in Environment and Development at Cambridge University in England and a Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2016 she was selected to be a Loeb fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Pallavi has served as a Conservation Commissioner in Brookline since 2014 and co-chaired the Open Space Planning Committee as well as represented the Commission on the Zoning By-law Sub-Committee. She also serves on the advisory boards for Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and Muddy Water Initiative, and is a co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee for the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions. Pallavi frequently serves as a design critic, juror and guest lecturer at the Harvard GSD, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the School of Architecture at Northeastern University.